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DS Smith invests €13 million in innovative packaging solutions

Packaging Solutions

DS Smith is increasing its innovation footprint in the Romanian market with an investment of over €13 million in its Ghimbav production site. The work at Ghimbav is expected to be completed by the end of 2023 and will support customers’ sustainability goals as well reducing carbon emissions on site.

This investment will support ongoing plastic replacement with customers, increase capacity by over 20%, and significantly boost productivity.

In line with the company’s commitment to sustainability this strategic investment will support its goal to meet net zero emissions by 2050. The upgrades at Ghimbav will reduce the site’s gas consumption by 12% and cut its carbon emissions by 210 tonnes CO2 per year through the introduction of a steam optimisation feature to the cardboard production machine.

Furthermore, the installation of a new LED Lighting system will contribute to the business’ target to reduce carbon emissions by 46% by 2030. DS Smith has also introduced advanced waste management technologies that reduce electrical consumption by around 10% on site.

Reinier Schlatmann, regional managing director, Packaging East Europe, commented: ‘The €13 million strategic investment reflects DS Smith’s commitment to grow innovative paper based packaging solutions on the Romanian market. With 56% of consumers actively seeking reduced plastic use, we will be able to better support our customers to deliver on their sustainability demands. It will also further decarbonise operations and accelerate circular solutions, supporting our ambition to develop sustainable packaging solutions.’

The investment will include the installation of innovative machinery that will increase production capacity by over 20% and introduce advanced technological capabilities such as seven colour HD flexo printing and precision die cutting.


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